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Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree
Politico ^ | March 25, 2014 | By EMILY SCHULTHEIS

Posted on 03/25/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT by La Lydia

Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas.

“If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary” Committee, said Braley, a trial lawyer by training who is running to replace Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. “Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary.”

Braley is the sole Democratic candidate in a race that could, as he alludes to in the video, help determine which party controls the Senate after November. He faces whoever emerges from a crowded Republican primary field that includes state Sen. Joni Ernst, businessman Mark Jacobs and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker…

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: brucebraley; chuckgrassley; iowa; jackass; joniernst; markjacobs; mattwhitaker; texas; tomharkin; tortreform
I don't see the political wisdom in insulting elderly farmers in Iowa. Not a brilliant strategy to win their votes. This guy is not ready for prime time.
1 posted on 03/25/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary

This is the type A## that the Congress does not need and we should to protect the nation from. Scum ambulance chasers do not need to apply as a candidate for high office.

2 posted on 03/25/2014 6:21:30 PM PDT by Liaison
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To: La Lydia

I was about to post this story. http://atr.rollcall.com/braley-apologizes-grassley-farmer-remark/


3 posted on 03/25/2014 6:21:34 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: La Lydia
Yeah....and your point? Grassely is not a city slicker, good for him!
4 posted on 03/25/2014 6:22:03 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: La Lydia
Not sure why it matters if Grassley has a law degree or not.

Constitution doesn't require one, and by my count, there's too many asshole lawyers in Congress and the White House!

5 posted on 03/25/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Huskrrrr

oops, sorry Senator Grassley.


6 posted on 03/25/2014 6:22:56 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: La Lydia

of course if Bruce Braley were a Republican this story would have more life to it.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 6:22:58 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: La Lydia

His heartfelt apology? “I’m sorry that was caught on videotape.”


8 posted on 03/25/2014 6:24:30 PM PDT by Rainier1789 (My Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: usconservative

With very few exceptions, using asshole and lawyer in the same sentence is redundant!


9 posted on 03/25/2014 6:25:31 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: La Lydia
a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school

All other things being equal, these are two outstanding recommendations !

10 posted on 03/25/2014 6:26:22 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: usconservative

All of the good lawyers are dead.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 6:27:44 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: La Lydia

I have a tiny bit of dirt on Braley. Believe it or not, I thought he was a repub. Now that I know better, I’ll be making a call to a newspaper. I work for the G., and I know at least one Wash Post reporter....


12 posted on 03/25/2014 6:28:37 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: La Lydia
If Sen. Grassley can use this "fighting tort reform for 30 years" comment in a positive way this can decimate this lawyer before his run for Congress can start.

Tort reform equals lower medical costs (malpractice), lower insurance costs, and less money to the carpetbagger democratic party.

13 posted on 03/25/2014 6:30:10 PM PDT by Liaison
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To: SMGFan
of course if Bruce Braley were a Republican this story would have more life to it.

I hear Grassley is popular in Iowa. The story could have more legs there than nationally. If it puts Iowa into play as a possible Senate pick-up it would be a useful gaff. It is nice to see a Dem putting foot in mouth for a change.

14 posted on 03/25/2014 6:35:24 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: tomkat
"a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school"

All other things being equal, these are two outstanding recommendations

He's got my vote and I don't even live in Iowa!

15 posted on 03/25/2014 6:37:23 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: La Lydia

I remember a state senator in New York who was also a farmer. When Medicaid was proposed in the State Senate, he said it would bankrupt the state and was one of the few to vote against it. It eventually became so costly, it had to be revised.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 6:39:19 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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[Joni Ernst] Senate Candidate: I'll Use My Hog Castrating Experience To Help End Pork Barrel Spending
17 posted on 03/25/2014 6:39:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: La Lydia

As a member of the bar in ny, this attitude is common among white liberals.


18 posted on 03/25/2014 6:40:42 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: La Lydia

If the GOP is smart enough to put this in ads everywhere. DESTROY BRALEY!

CLOVIS FOR CONGRESS!


19 posted on 03/25/2014 6:49:19 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Liaison

Agree, but my point was that this guy must be dumb as dirt. He just insulted about a third of the voters in Iowa, the very people he wants to represent in the Senate.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 6:50:51 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

It’s a very strong possibility.

Businessman Mark Jacobs is attacting a lot of attention.

Braley’s a piece of sh!t. He was rude to my wife once. If we ever see him in person we’ll be competing with each other to see who can get at him first.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 6:57:06 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: La Lydia

Well, since many of our founders were farmers with no law degree. That only means something to a worthless democrat with no respect for the Constitution that those farmers and non-lawyers crafted. For all of his patriotism and abilities, probably the best lawyer among the founders was John Adams and he was as some think, purposely kept as an ambassador to keep him away from writing the Constituting.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 8:13:13 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: RJS1950

Constituting = Constitution ...Doh!


23 posted on 03/25/2014 8:15:50 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: La Lydia

RAT admits he’s a whore for the trial lawyers. I just wish voters were smarter.


24 posted on 03/25/2014 8:33:14 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Ted Grant

This attitude is common among all RATS, not just RAT lawyers.


25 posted on 03/25/2014 8:35:21 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: La Lydia

Steve King and Grassley are two of the better members of the respective judiciary committees. Grassley is 80. Even if he had a law degree I don’t think it would be as relevant as all the informatin he has comprehended since.

Cornyn, Flake, Hatch and Graham need to be kicked off. Maybe if Jeff Sessions becomes leader he can kick them off and replace them with Vitter, Risch, Crapo and Enzi. Any of the 15 who voted not to proceed with the amnesty bill.


26 posted on 03/25/2014 9:24:27 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: usconservative
Not sure why it matters if Grassley has a law degree or not.
Constitution doesn't require one, and by my count, there's too many asshole lawyers in Congress and the White House!

A law degree isn't even required to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

There is only one constitutionally mentioned office that requires legal training or experience; that is for the position of Solicitor General.

C.J. Rhenquist was once interviewed by a reporter regarding a book Rhenquist had written. The reporter mistakenly stated that a law degree was required to be a Justice on the Supreme Court. Rhenquist corrected him by saying, "No, that's not true. The only position that required legal experience was the Solicitor General; and then it only requires that the person be "learned in the law", whatever that means."

27 posted on 03/25/2014 9:36:24 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

It should pick up. Braley was the first speaker at the unveiling of the Norman Borlaug statue.

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2014/03/25/norman-borlaug-statue-unveiled-at-us-capitol/article?nclick_check=1

The leaders of both Iowa and the nation celebrated the legend of Norman Borlaug, Iowa’s native son, at a ceremony today intended to honor the man credited with saving a billion people from starvation.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 9:49:58 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: usconservative

“Not sure why it matters if Grassley has a law degree or not.
Constitution doesn’t require one, and by my count, there’s too many asshole lawyers in Congress and the White House! “

Worse still, the failed lawyers who don’t get elected to public office get appointed to judgeships and stay until they die! Lawyers in political office are a major problem. In the UK, lawyers are proscribed from holding public office by law. Ought to be the same here.


29 posted on 03/25/2014 10:55:42 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: La Lydia

Rep. Bruce Braley is the same guy who whined about not getting his “towel service” at the House gym during the shutdown last October, while American vets were locked out of the monuments.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/10/09/dem-congressman-bruce-braley-whines-about-towel-service-house-gym

He’s a spoiled elitist. He could learn something about hard work from the farmers.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 9:00:18 AM PDT by MockTurtle
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To: La Lydia

Braley showed his true colors as a condescending lawyer who got caught on camera spouting off to a bunch of trial lawyers. He hopefully will not replace Tom Harkin in the Senate. Neither Braley or Harkin are worthy of respect. They are Obama sycophants and liberal to the core. Iowa is waking up. Grassley is a proud farmer with a lot of commonsense. His family lives nearby and they are true American patriots. Change is in the air and this development is a gift toward that end. Braley’s comments were on the local news tonight and will be repeated over and over and over.


31 posted on 03/26/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT by campg
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To: campg

I hope the GOP in Iowa has bought up a lot of TV time. They don’t even need to spend money producing ads. They can just run this over and over, the closer we get to the election, until every farmer and person in the state with relatives who farm have seen it a hundred times. What a moron.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 5:39:50 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Braley what a fighter!! He has dedicated his whole life to stopping tort reform. John Edwards was a fighter, too. He fought against the two Americas. They share a common cause-— themselves. Morons or phonies or just hippocrits. Sadly, yes.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 7:57:48 PM PDT by campg
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